Urban Planner: September 17, 2009
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Urban Planner: September 17, 2009

Urban Planner is Torontoist’s guide to what’s on in Toronto, published every weekday morning, and in a weekend edition Friday afternoons. If you have an event you’d like considered, email all of its details—as well as images, if you’ve got any—to [email protected].

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Yonder Cowboy Smoking by Matt James.

ART: The Board of Directors presents a solo show of Matt James’s newest collection of work, “Yonder Cowboy Smoking.” James was one of the artists involved in Harbourfront’s “Blue Blood” art exhibit (a suburban rec room and hockey-themed collection curated by Dave Bidini) earlier this year, but his work can also be found on album covers, book jackets, and in magazines. His whimsical character-driven paintings never fail to inspire a smile. Board of Directors (1080 Queen Street West), 6–9 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Doctor of Mathematics Daniel Snaith, aka Canadian indie popstar Caribou, will be playing at Wrongbar tonight—not with his usual four-piece band, but as a DJ instead. Caribou was in town just last week with his new fourteen-piece Caribou Vibration Ensemble and is returning from a second CVE show in New York with The Flaming Lips. DJ Gary Abugan, a Toronto house DJ who is part of the Seventh Heaven disco collective, also takes a turn at the tables. Wrongbar (1279 Queen Street West), 10 p.m., $18.50.
PHOTOGRAPHY: The Stephen Bulger Gallery is practicing a bit of palindromic fun tonight with a double reception for two exhibits. Celebrating its launch is Éliane Excoffier’s “Kiev,” a study of the female form as seen through the lens of a Kiev 60. The images are printed on hand-made paper negatives to evoke the female nudes of early photography. Aptly celebrating a finale is Elizabeth Siegfried’s “Termina” exhibit, a look back by Siegfried at her maternal progenitors, of which she is the last in line. Stephen Bulger Gallery (1026 Queen Street West), 5–8 p.m., FREE.
MUSIC: Toronto record label Hand Drawn Dracula presents a power-house showcase of local indie celebrities at the Drake Underground as part of the Drake’s TIFF events. Artists include Megasoid, Brian Borcherdt, By Divine Right, Off the International Radar, Julie Fader, and Josh Reichmann, with DJing from Graham Walsh of Holy Fuck. Drake Underground (1150 Queen Street West); 8 p.m.; $5 before midnight, $10 after.
ART: Any horror fan of 1954’s giant insect classic Them! (and who isn’t one?) will want to check out “Them!,” Peter Kingstone’s first solo exhibit at Pari Nadimi Gallery (on until November 7). The artist begins his installation work with the premise that Them! was a documentary, and uses that as a vehicle to examine the notions of community—in this case, two particularly divergent ones. Pari Nadimi Gallery (254 Niagara Street), 5–8 p.m., FREE.

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